A Description Doth Not a Story Make

John LeCarre quote
There are many keys to fiction.

One of the most difficult is to create conflict.

It is easy to describe an event.  It is difficult to turn that event from an announcement into a story.

I can easily picture a cat sitting on a mat, looking around, staring at the walls, looking out the windows, and waiting… waiting for something to happen. It can be a pretty cat, an old cat, a battle weary cat. All of this can hint at, sort of dance around the edges of a story, but until something happens it is not a story. Until then, this is just a scene or a character synopsis.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s